Anna Eshoo to seek another term

Congresswoman announces plan to run for reelection; says she will focus on jobs

U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, a Democrat who has been representing Mountain View, Palo Alto, Menlo Park and other cities in the 18th Congressional District for nearly two decades, announced today her plans to seek another term.

Eshoo, a Menlo Park resident who was first elected to Congress in 1992, issued a statement Monday morning (Aug. 29) declaring her intention to seek reelection in the recently redrawn 18th District. Eshoo, 68, said her priorities would remain keeping jobs in Silicon Valley and supporting technologies that will create the next generation of high-tech jobs.

"For the past 19 years, I've had the privilege of representing the exceptional people of Silicon Valley in Congress," Eshoo said in the statement. "Today, I'm announcing that I will be a candidate for reelection in the newly drawn 18th Congressional District.

"While the redistricting process shifted some cities out of the district that I have represented for decades and added new ones, my work has always had its roots in our regional strengths and needs, and those will not change."

Her new district continues to include Mountain View, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Atherton, Woodside, Portola Valley, Los Altos and other cities between Redwood City and San Jose. It also now includes Los Gatos, Campbell and several neighborhoods in San Jose.

Eshoo currently serves on the Communications and Technology Subcommittee and on the Energy and Commerce Committee. She has been a staunch advocate of improving and expanding the nation's Internet infrastructure and a proponent of "net neutrality," a policy that prohibits Internet Service Providers from restricting access.

Eshoo also introduced a bill last month that would make $250 million available to state and local governments to upgrade 9-1-1 centers to "next generation" technologies.

Eshoo also emerged last year as a leading proponent of a "blended" rail system under which high-speed rail and Caltrain would share tracks on the Peninsula. Eshoo joined state Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, and state Assemblyman Richard Gordon, D-Menlo Park, last year in proposing such a system.

"This is no time to stand down or step back," Eshoo said in her statement. "For those of us who believe government can be a source of solutions and a vehicle for progress, we must make it so.

"I will use all that I've accomplished and learned to meet that responsibility."


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Posted by Hannity
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Aug 29, 2011 at 1:39 pm

BOOO!!! Lets get a fresh face in there. I'm tired of seeing the same people in office.

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Posted by Observer
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 29, 2011 at 4:34 pm

She won't get my vote. This country is in a hole and voting for the same people on both sides of the aisle that put us in it won't get us anywhere.

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Posted by Sabrina
a resident of The Crossings
on Aug 29, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Wow, 68 years old and in office for nearly two decades. It's certainly good to have a leader with a competent level of experience, though I have to wonder what our other options are?

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Posted by Doug Pearson
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Aug 29, 2011 at 7:40 pm

I'm a long-time admirer of Anna Eshoo, and glad she still represents me in Congress. I wish her success in her coming election campaign.

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Posted by Old Ben
a resident of Shoreline West
on Aug 30, 2011 at 7:35 am

Two decades in office is too long. I'm voting out ALL incumbents.

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Posted by jupiterk
a resident of Gemello
on Aug 30, 2011 at 3:34 pm

another dirtbag politician. Can you believe "her priorities would remain keeping jobs in Silicon Valley and supporting technologies that will create the next generation of high-tech jobs."? The question is what exactly she has done. Cisco, HP, Intel,Oracle all have laid of 10000s of people, actually 100s of thousands of jobs have disappeared from Silicon valley alone.
I don't know what kind of *#@! voted for her in the past. It is just disgusting to see people who keep voting for the same crook. I don't support any party and not particularly care for a Republican either, because they are definitely as bad as the democrats if not worse. Feinstein, Boxer,Eshoo are just the lowest forms of human beings and politicians. These are career politicians with no ethics and are using their position to enrich themselves.

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Posted by Mike
a resident of another community
on Aug 30, 2011 at 7:09 pm

I am so sick of career politicians. Is Anna Eshoo my representative for life?

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